Andrew Brown Jr. Family Attorney Says Prosecutor Swore at Him: 'Never Been Talked to' Like That

Bakari Sellers, a civil rights attorney representing the family of Andrew Brown Jr., on Monday criticized the police for showing disrespect to Brown's family and said local prosecutor Michael Cox swore at him.

On Wednesday, Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr., 42, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina as he was being served an arrest warrant for felony drug charges. Authorities have released few details about the incident that resulted in Brown's death.

On Monday, Cox, a Pasquotank County attorney, showed the Brown family a 20-second bodycam clip from the incident. Brown family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter called it an "execution."

Sellers accused Cox of initially attempting to stop Brown family attorney's from viewing the footage. He told reporters that Cox swore at him and accused authorities of being disrespectful to the family.

"We went back and forth and I just want to say I've never been talked to like I was talked to in there. I don't know his name but I went to the back and, I know that we're live on the news around the world so I will say that Mr. Cox told me, a grown Black man, that he was not f***ing going to be bullied. And so I walked out," he said.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said that the Brown family "only saw a snippet of the video" and felt like they weren't offered "transparency."

"When we know that the video started before and after what they showed the family, and they determined what was pertinent. Why couldn't the family see all the video?" Crump said. "They released a warrant saying all kinds of things about Andrew Brown, but they want to redact the face of police officers that killed Andrew Brown?"

He added: "They only showed one body cam video, even though we know there was several body cam videos if they were following the law and the policy in this county that everybody has video cameras on their uniforms."

Cherry-Lassiter said that the clip showed police blocking Brown's vehicle in the driveway, which would have made it unfeasible for him to escape.

"Andrew had his hands on his steering wheel. He was not reaching for anything. He wasn't touching anything," she said. "They run up to his vehicle shooting. He still stood there, sat there in his vehicle, with his hands on the steering wheel while being shot at."

Newsweek has not seen the 20-second body-cam video.

Newsweek reached out to Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

Bakari Sellers at Andrew Brown presser
Andrew Brown family attorney Bakari Sellers on Monday said Pasquotank County Attorney R. Michael Cox swore at him. CNN Screenshot